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Preparatory instruction

All comprehensive-school-age children, i.e. 7-16 -year-olds, whose knowledge of the Finnish language is not adequate enough to participate in teaching in basic education are entitled to preparatory instruction.

Preparatory instruction acquaints the pupils with the Finnish school, its customs and teaching methods. The aim of preparatory instruction is to develop the pupil’s skills in Finnish as well as to give the pupil adequate learning skills for basic education.

In addition to Finnish, other subjects taught are mathematics, environmental studies (biology and geography), Finnish history, music, physical education (sports), crafts and visual arts. Religion is not taught in preliminary instruction.

Preparatory instruction is independent of grade and class. The instruction is given in small groups that usually have less than 10 pupils. The weekly programme consists of 20-30 lessons, depending on the pupil's grade. Each pupil is provided with an individual educational plan to match his or her skills and learning abilities. The special needs and learning abilities of each pupil are also considered. After preparatory instruction a suitable grade level is defined to match the pupil’s skills and abilities. Preparatory instruction is assessed in a verbal assessment instead of grades.

Preparatory instruction usually lasts one school year but individual differences are possible. After completing preparatory instruction the pupil is transferred to the school near his or her home. If the distance from the pupil’s home is long, the bus tickets to and from school are provided free of charge by the City of Tampere.

Pupils of immigrant origin enroll in Preparatory instruction by completing the registration form in the link and by contacting the planning coordinator for multilingual pupils education.

Planning coordinator Katja Simonen Tel. 050 550 6704
33100 Tampere

Preparatory instruction is given in the following schools

Etelä-Hervanta comprehensive school
33720 Tampere

Grades 1-9
Head Teacher: Ulla Ojalammi
Email address is of the format [email protected]

Tel. Head Teacher: 050 428 3044
Tel. Teachers of prepatatory instruction: 040 801 6823
Grades 1-9

Juhannuskylä comprehensive school, Johannes unit
33100 Tampere

JUHANNUSKYLÄ/ prepatatory, Erkkilänkatu 10
Head Teacher: 0400 305 661
1.- 2. grades: 0400 581 303, teacher of prepatatory instruction
3. - 4. grades: 040 806 2768, teacher of prepatatory instruction
5. - 6. grades: 040 801 2791, teacher of prepatatory instruction

JUHANNUSKYLÄ/ prepatatory, Rautatienkatu 3-5
Head Teacher: 040 541 6706
7. - 9. grades: 040 801 2735, teacher of prepatatory instruction
7. - 9. grades: 0400 758 766, teacher of prepatatory instruction

Hatanpää comprehensive school
33900 Tampere

Tel. Head Teacher: 040 801 6683
Grades 7-9: tel. 040 806 2662, teacher of prepatatory instruction

Pohjois-Hervanta comprehensive school
33720 Tampere

Tel. Head Teacher: 0400 328 740
Grades 1-3: tel. 040 806 2766, teacher of prepatatory instruction
Peltolammi comprehensive school
33840 Tampere

Tel. Head Teacher: 040 776 3771
Grades 1-6: tel. 040 806 2765, teacher of prepatatory instruction
Tesomajärvi comprehensive school#
33310 Tampere

Tel. Head Teacher: 0400 764 165
Grades 1-6: tel. 040 801 2767, teacher of prepatatory instruction
1. - 3. grades
4. - 6. grades